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Information About Hepatitis B

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AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis: Overview

...diseases. They are spread by contact with fecal matter, either directly or from water that has sewage in it, or through food that was handled by someone with contaminated hands. Hep A and Hep E do not cause chronic illness. Hepatitis B is the most common hepatitis virus. It can be transmitted from mother to infant, through sexual contact, or through contact with infected blood. Globally, about 10% of people with HIV also are infected with...
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Hey Doctor Bob: FIRST AND FOREMOST, you should remind all your readers that end of year charity contributions are PERFECT for tax deductions! I donate to your charity every December! Thanks for your kind notes! Fast question for you... I've read...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...false-positive results.As for hepatitis B, the diagnosis is made with a combination of tests that look for specific fragments of the hepatitis B virus called antigens as well as specific proteins (antibodies) produced by the immune system in... Read more »

Hep A and B Question

Hello Dr. Holodniy,I was diagnosed HIV+ one year ago. My first labs included some HEP A and B information. My Hepatitis B Surface Antigen W.Confirmation Hepatitis B Surfice Antigen was non-reactive. The Hepatitis B Surface Antiboty QL was...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Well it appears you have developed antibodies to hep A. That means the vaccine did take, or you were exposed to natural HAV infection some time along the way. Your hep B surface antibody test is also positive, which indicates that the hep B vaccine... Read more »

Survival of Hepatitis B and C

Dr. McGovern,Do you have any solid information as to how long Hepatitis B and C survive on a surface off the body? I'm concerned I may have come into contact with one/both of the above.Thanks
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...Information on virus survival is not actually helpful. The information that is most important is that getting hepatitis B or C requires some entry of blood into your bloodstream -either through sex or via injection drug use. Read more »

hep B and kissing

If a person is vaccinated, is it still possbile to get hepatitis B from unsafe sex and deep kissing and normal kissing? And is it possible for a Hepatitis B carrier to clear the virus? Are there any websites that i can get advice from hep B experts...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...Hepatitis B can cause liver damage/cancer, so evaluation by a medical doctor is essential for those who are exposed to HBV.For more information about Hepatitis B, see the CDC's website at... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hepatitis B FAQs for the Public

...infection or who wants to be vaccinated should talk to a health professional about getting the vaccine series. For more information about Hepatitis B and other vaccines, see . Is the... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hepatitis B Prevention and Pregnancy

...pregnancy Point of contact for this document What is hepatitis B? Hepatitis B is a serious disease of the liver caused by hepatitis B virus, or HBV. All people, no matter how old they are or where they live, may be at risk for hepatitis... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

Hepatitis B: The Other Hepatitis Virus

...significant problem for many people with HIV, but it isn't the only virus that can cause hepatitis (inflammation of the liver). HIV/hepatitis B virus (HBV) is another common co-infection and, like HIV/HCV co-infection, can cause severe liver... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hepatitis B Prevention

...healthy persons. The vaccine can be given safely to infants, children, and adults in three doses over a period of 6 months. For information about hepatitis B vaccine, visit your public health clinic or see your physician or public health nurse. ... Read more »
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Intact Skin; Dont throw all caution to the wind

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply for your question. The skin provides an excellent barrier against infection with HIV, and other bloodborne diseases like Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. The pores of the skin are not a direct access to the bloodstream. As long as the skin is... Read more »

Any other guys out there had Hepatitis-B??

Posted by MarkyMark, 9 Replies
I have been goin through an acute episode of Hepatitis-B for 3 months now and cant seem to find anyone out there who has also gone through this and i have no one to talk to, I feel sooo alone and stressed out over this entire episode, I am hoping... Read more »

blood donation again

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
Hey there! Is it possible for blood not to be visible to the eye, but nonetheless could it transmit dangerous virus? I'm the guy with the blood donation session, when the nurse was touching the hole on my arm, from which I donated blood. Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies Although the simultaneous transmission of either human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus or HIV and hepatitis B virus from a single source has already been described, this is the first case of transmission to... Read more »